Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

IX.488

Dimensions

BladeLength826mm
OverallLength944mm

Associations

Bibliographic References

See 'Notes' for ffoulkes 1916 and Hewitt 1870.

Notes

This sword with IX.489 and IX.7692 are all of basically the same type with minor variations. A similar sword at Windsor is probably that supplied by Mr Osborn in November 1810 and described as 'A pattern sword for Light Dragoons'. At that time the hilt was browned and there was a 'Brown Iron Scabbard' (Carlton House Catalogue, annotated version in the Superintendents'c copy). The three swords in the Royal Armouries may relate to a bill from Ezekiel Baker of 8 Nov. 1810 'To 3 swords as patterns for private dragoons with Iron Japaned Grips the blades turned off at the points', at £3 3s. (R.A.29154) 'N.B. these Swords were sent to the Board of General Officers' (Privy Purse Payment Book).
(A.V.B. Norman in draft entry for his Windsor Catalogue - copy on inv. file.)
In C.J. ffoulkes, 'The Armouries of the Tower of London', London, 1915, II, p. 306, the provenance of IX.486-IX.493 is given as 'presented by the Grand Duke of Baden, c. 1840' but this is clearly incorrect - see entry for IX.358, under Notes. The group heading is 'German and Russian Swords', and IX.488 and IX.489 are described ar 'Foot Artillery Swords (Middle of XIXth Century), with with steel knuckle bow and grip and single edged blades. 35 in. by 1 3/4 in.'.
The pencilled annotations, 'Gift of the Grand Duke of Baden c.1840', on the typed inventory entries for IX.486-493 are derived from ffoulkes and should be disregarded, except in the case of IX.486, 491 and 493 - for explanation see entry for IX.358, under Notes (PJL, 09/04/01).
IX.488 and IX.489 should be traced back through RA MSS I.11 and I.22 to discover the Hewitt and Dillon numbers.